United States President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19, just days after the White House said it had been given the green light to leave solitary confinement, in a rare case of “rebound” following treatment with a antiviral drug.
White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a letter that Biden “has seen no re-emergence of symptoms and continues to feel quite well.” O’Connor said there is “no reason to resume treatment at this time.”
In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, Biden will return to solitary confinement for at least five days. He will isolate himself in the White House until it comes down to negative. The agency says most rebound cases remain mild and that severe illness during that time was not reported.
Just like when Biden first tested positive, the White House tried to prove he was still working. The president posted a picture of himself masked and unattached to Twitter, showing him signing a statement adding individual assistance to flood survivors in Kentucky.
The president then tweeted a 12-second video of him on a White House balcony with his dog, the commander.
“I feel good, everything is fine,” Biden said, a pair of aviator sunglasses in hand. “But the commander and I have some work to do.”
Biden treated with the antiviral drug Paxlovid
Word of Biden’s positive test – it had been negative on Friday morning – came just two hours after the White House announced a presidential visit to Michigan next Tuesday to highlight the passing of a bill to promote national high manufacturing. -tech. Biden was also supposed to visit her home in Wilmington, Delaware on Sunday morning, where First Lady Jill Biden stayed while the president was positive. Both trips were canceled as Biden returned to solitary confinement.
Biden, 79, was treated with the antiviral drug Paxlovid after testing positive for the first time on July 21. On Tuesday and Wednesday he tested negative. He was then allowed to leave the solitary confinement while wearing a mask indoors. Positive tests of him place him among the minority of those who have been prescribed the drug to experience a rebound case of the virus.
White House coordinator for COVID-19, Dr. Ashish Jha, recently told reporters that the data “suggests that between 5 and 8 percent of people rebounded” after treatment with Paxlovid.
“Recognizing the potential for so-called ‘rebound’ COVID positivity observed in a small percentage of patients treated with Paxlovid, the President increased the rate of testing, to protect those around him and to ensure early detection of any return. of viral replication, “O” Connor wrote in his letter.
O’Connor cited negative tests for Biden on Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning, Thursday morning and Friday morning, before the positive Saturday morning antigen test result. “This actually represents the positivity of ‘rebound’,” she wrote.
Paxlovid has been shown to significantly reduce serious illness and death among those most vulnerable to COVID-19. US health officials have encouraged those who test positive to consult with their doctors or pharmacists to see if the treatment should be prescribed, despite the risk of rebound.